How to Install Windows 11 on Unsupported Laptop/PCs

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Microsoft is telling us that Windows 11 needs a special security chip called TPM with the version 2.0, and that the computer should have a recent version of the processor, but this requirement can be bypassed with some instructions that Microsoft have supplied.

Based on Microsoft’s instructions, you need to change a registry keys in order to bypass the Windows 11 upgrade. One thing to have in mind is that the computer needs to have at least TPM 1.2 and needs to be enabled.

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This bypass will also enable the Windows 11 installation on PCs/Laptops that have a CPU older than the one that Windows 11 requires to be installed, for example, an AMD Ryzen 1000, or an Intel 7th-Gen. Microsoft’s website says: “An image install of Windows 11 will not check fo the following requirements: TPM 2.0 (at least TPM 1.2 is required) and CPU family and model.”

These
are the instructions for the TPM 2.0 bypass. (Microsoft)

In the next steps I will show you how to add the registry key and how to proceed with the download and the installation of Windows 11.

  1. Click the Start menu
  2. Search for Registry by starting to write it. Then right-click and click on Run as administrator.
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3. Navigate to “HKEYLOCALMACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup”

4. Add a new REG_DWORD(32-bit is the recommended) with the name AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU and add the value 1

Be careful to type the values correctly, otherwise, you computer may be corrupted. After the values are changed you can start installing the Windows 11 by using the media creation tool from Microsoft.

You have the option to do a clean install of Windows 11 or do an in-place upgrade of the OS, that will keep your old files, programs, and settings form the old Windows 10.

Even using the bypass, Microsoft warns that if you install Windows 11 on an unsupported computer, could lead to malfunctions due to compatibility problems. The company also says: “Devices that do not meet these system requirements will no longer be guaranteed to receive updates, including but not limited to security updates.” It means that you will have to install updates manually when they’re required to do so.

Now that you have done the process, let us now download Windows 11 installer and install it on your computer

Go to this link: https://www.microsoft.com/software-download/windows11

When you open the installer, you have this windows

You need to have an USB to be able to install it, the memory needs to have minimum of 8GB, if you have data there, please, ensure to backup, because it erase all the info that’s in there.

After you select the type of media to use, in this case USB, click next.

When the process finishes copying the files to the USB flash drive, open it and run the setup.exe

As you can see, the computer where I’m doing the process is not compatible with Windows 11, when the installer open, click on Next

Accept the terms.

Wait for the processes to finish running

Click on Accept, it is a warning that the computer may not work as expected and you may not get any update from Microsoft.

When ready to install, click Install

After you click Install, the following screen will appear, just wait for the process and it will continue to install automatically, then when the computer restarts several times, just sign-in when asked.

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